The DMCVB Recaps 2019 and Announces Upcoming 2020 Conventions
Detroit, Mich. – The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) had a successful year of hosting conventions in 2019 and is bringing in 2020 in with a bang, with new convention and sports business hitting the metro Detroit region.
According to DMCVB President & CEO Larry Alexander, hosted business in 2019 generated 336,259 total room nights and over $300 million in direct spending.
“Also, throughout the year, DMCVB sales and sports staff hosted 136 site tours and the marketing staff brought in 236 journalists and tour operators, 50 percent of which came from international markets,” he said. “The interest in Detroit as a tourism and convention destination continues to escalate.”
To date, Detroit will welcome over 200 groups in 2020 generating over 230,000 room nights and direct spending revenue of almost $300 million. Some of the incoming groups include Campus Party, FIRST Championship, International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), NCAA Frozen Four, The Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE), The International Women’s Forum (IWF), The Detroit Football Classic, and the Women of Color STEM Conference, to name a few. The DMCVB sales teams have kept the momentum going as they continue to secure business for the region in the year for the year.
Alexander revealed that Detroit is also gaining traction as a popular cruise ship stop on the great lakes, welcoming two new ships into the port this year, for a total of 20 port arrivals. Viking Cruise Lines has also announced that the city will be a new port of call included in a series of cruises launching in 2022.
Looking to the future, the DMCVB offered exciting news that in 2023 The American Bus Association (ABA) and The National Guard Association of the United States (NAGUS) in 2024, will also be coming to the metro area. ABA typically attracts 4,000 attendees, with the majority group tour operators that can result in hundreds of visitors in the future.
The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market and sell the metropolitan Detroit area on a worldwide basis as a destination for leisure and business travel including conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, tours and incentive travel to maximize additional visitors, visitor expenditures, state and local tax revenues and job opportunities.
More than 700 businesses are represented in the DMCVB’s membership. The DMCVB was founded in 1896 as the world’s first convention and visitors bureau. visitdetroit.com